Thursday, October 8, 2009

Chemical valence bond theory for physicists

The last couple of years I have been learning more about valence bond theory in chemistry. Something that has really helped was a review article in Reviews of Computational Chemistry and a book by Shason Shaik and Philippe Hiberty.

Although the book is intended for chemists I think that (unlike many quantum chemistry books) it is quite accessible to physicists. I really appreciate the emphasis on concepts, qualitative differences, and chemical intuition.

Next week I will meet Philippe in Paris.

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